Analysis Of Otto Dix's Painting All Quiet On The Western Front

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The painting “The Trench Warfare” is a piece of art that represents the actions during war. It was painted by the German artist Otto Dix in 1932 as a way to criticize society and war. Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix or otto Dix was a painter and printmaker. Otto was known for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. As i compared it with the book ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque some of the themes in the books were similar to the themes in the painting. The themes that occurred in both the book and the painting were , The horrors of war, Dehumanization as broughton by war, and the loss of innocence in the war.
Within the painting The Trench Warfare’ most of the painting could be a mass example of the terrible events that happened during the war.This could also be said about Remarque's ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’. This is shown every well as the soldiers forsake their reasons for fighting and sat “ we have become wild
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Also these horrors of war and horrors of military life can dehumanize the soldiers. This is shown in Remarque's book when the soldiers were no longer acting the self thinking humans that could respond to situation with their own reasoning: “we have lost all sense of other considerations, because they are artificial. Only the facts are real and important for us.”[Remarque 21].This dehumanization is not at all the same as what occurred in the painting but it can still be characterized as dehumanization . This is shown in the bottom panel of the painting where the dead soldiers are. They look as though they were thrown in with no thought they are treated like sacks of potatoes they mean nothing after they are fulfilled their usefulness. This just shows of the war affects the way they see death or just the loss of
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